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Local Gig List: March 11-17

Minneapolis expats the Lower 48 are back in town this week. (Photo by Marshall Schneider)


The music portion of SXSW kicks off tomorrow, and there are lots of Minnesotans heading down to Austin, Texas to partake in this year’s festivities. But that doesn’t mean that those of us who aren’t going are completely out of luck. In fact, there are still plenty of us who will be in town, and there are plenty of shows going on right here in the Twin Cities.

If you’re staying in town this week, read on for our suggestions on how to make your own stay-at-home music festival. Maybe we should make our own laminates? At the very least, I hope someone’s been working on our own MN-centric version of the Doritos vending machine stage.

As always, you can find even more suggestions on the Current’s event calendar.


Monday, March 11

Mux Mool
7th St. Entry, Minneapolis
8 p.m., $5, 18+
Minnesota-born, Brooklyn-based electronic musician and producer Brian Lindgren, known on stage as Mux Mool, will return home tonight to play a show with like-minded Twin Cities artists Connie Hawkins, Prhym8, Ghostband, and graphic designer Visionquest.

Brandon Wozniak, Bryan Nichols, Erik Fratzke, and JT Bates
Icehouse, Minneapolis
9:30 p.m., $5, 21+
Four of the Twin Cities most well-respected improvisational artists will form a new quartet for two sets as part of JT Bates’ Monday night jazz series at Icehouse.

Tuesday, March 12

Chihuahua City
The Belmore/New Skyway Lounge, Minneapolis
9 p.m., free, 21+
This new monthly event combines the talents of dVRG (keyboards, bassoon), Jeremy Ylvisaker (guitar), Nelson Devereaux (saxophones), Greg Schutte (drums) and Jon Davis (bass, bass clarinet) for an evening of improvisational exploration. This month’s event will feature special guest JT Bates.

Danny O’Brien and Friends
Aster Cafe, Minneapolis
9 p.m., $5, all ages
The Farewell Circuit’s Danny O’Brien will host a songwriter showcase at the Aster every Tuesday this month. For his second installment, he’ll invite Sarah Krueger, Al Church and Jon Reine to play mini-sets before opening things up for a 45-minute set of collaborative cover songs.

Wednesday, March 13

Molly Maher and Erik Koskinen
Aster Cafe, Minneapolis
9 p.m., $4, all ages
Read about multi-talented songwriter, performer, and guitar tech Molly Maher in our profile here, and catch her at this weekly gig with backing band Her Disbelievers and Erik Koskinen, who will perform his own set of songs.

Thursday, March 14

Fathom Lane, Zoo Animal and the Awful Truth
Live Letters Loft, Minneapolis
7  p.m., $10, all ages
This unique living room/loft concert series will welcome Michael Ferrier’s new songwriting vehicle Fathom Lane, Holly Newsom of Zoo Animal, and Utah’s the Awful Truth. Tickets and info here.

Matt Wilson and John Munson
Aster Cafe, Minneapolis
9 p.m., $10, all ages
The former Trip Shakespeare bandmates and current Twilight Hours collaborators Matt Wilson and John Munson will converge for an intimate evening at the Aster.

Reina del Cid
Turf Club, St. Paul
9 p.m., $6, 21+
In what’s being billed as an “Electric Folk Extravaganza,” folk-rock group Reina del Cid will headline a night that also features roots quartet William Within and Disaster Bird.

Friday, March 15

The Slamming Doors
Cabooze, Minneapolis
8 p.m., $5, 18+
I had a chance to catch this Iron Range band while up north profiling Sparta Sound’s Rich Mattson, and was impressed by how polished and well-composed their roots-rock songs were. They’ll play at the Cabooze as part of a competition to win a slot at the Summer Camp Festival in Illinois this May. The Slamming Doors will go head to head with Soap, Kind Country, and the Regulars.

The Lower 48
7th St. Entry, Minneapolis
8 p.m., $8, 18+
This trio of Minneapolis expats are now based in Portland, and will be back in town with a new ’60s pop single, “Setting Sun,” in tow. Expect to hear much more from the Lower 48 in the year to come. With openers City on the Make and Cjell Cruze (whom I profiled last summer here).

Black Blondie
Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis
9 p.m., $8, 18+
R&B/pop quartet Black Blondie will re-emerge with a set of new songs at this headlining gig, with openers Meta, Speed’s the Name, and host and DJ Toki Wright.

Debbie Duncan
Artists’ Quarter, St. Paul
9 p.m., $10
As one of Minnesota’s premier jazz vocalists, Debbie Duncan has no trouble commanding a room with her versatile, soulful style. She’ll hold down two back-to-back nights at the AQ this weekend.

Saturday, March 16

Hannah von der Hoff
Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis
11 p.m., $5
Formerly known as the lead singer of Sexcat, powerhouse vocalist Hannah von der Hoff will break out on her own with this solo performance, which is part of the Dakota’s late-night series.

Ike Reilly’s Saturday Night Special
Turf Club, St. Paul
8 p.m., $15, 21+
An honorary local, Libertyville, Illinois’s Ike Reilly has long maintained a loyal and rabid fanbase here in the Twin Cities. This Turf Club show is part of a series of Saturday-night events he’ll host this spring at different local venues; for this gig, he’ll be joined by Terry Walsh (of the Belfast Cowboys) and his St. Dominic’s Trio.

Debbie Duncan
Artists’ Quarter, St. Paul
9 p.m., $10
As one of Minnesota’s premier jazz vocalists, Debbie Duncan has no trouble commanding a room with her versatile, soulful style. She’ll hold down two back-to-back nights at the AQ this weekend.

  • Mike Jensen

    Love the Lower 48!

    Also one of my favorite hobbies is to create amusing fictional bills with local band names that have something weird in common (ex: a library set with Lookbook, Wishbook, and the History Books)

    I think it would be funny to make a continental bill. Pair the two Minnesota Alaska bands (Halloween, Alaska and Fairfax, AK) with the Lower 48, get it?!….

    I’ll just show myself out.